Ode to Escarole…Orders & Markets for 10.25.2014

One last email here that starts with a baby picture, since last Thursday’s post didn’t include his name. We are delighted to welcome Beckett Zephyr to our family!
sleeping beckett
Thank you again for all of the generous outpourings of love and support for this sweet baby and our family. Dan quite obviously isn’t able to take time off from farm work during these newborn days. So, despite the fact that we are surrounded by food, getting it into a prepared state and on our table is quite a challenge. Having meals delivered has saved our sanity! Tremendous thanks goes out to everyone, from the bottom of our hearts. This support allows us to focus on falling deeply in love with our new baby.

Now, we want you to fall in love with Escarole. (We don’t really have an Ode. Just a hopefully convincing sales pitch.)
DSC_0181
There is so much to love. Sauteed or cooked in soups, it is just fabulous. We think not many of you know this. Try out a recipe this week ::: Escarole Bean Soup ::: Escarole Soup ::: Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs ::: Martha Stewart’s host of Escarole Recipes are fabulous Give it a go! Let us know what you discover.
DSC_0185
Pictured above is Escarole’s close relative, Endive. It is mild and tender enough for salad, but also hearty enough for a saute or in soup. Try it out!
broccoli in tub
Eye candy of our more traditional crops. Enjoy. :)
salad field spinach
This Week’s Harvest:

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Asian Greens (Bok Choy, Tokyo Bekana, Asian Spinach), Beets, Broccoli, Chard, Chinese and Traditional Cabbage, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Escarole, Endive, Garlic, Hearty Mix, Juicing Greens, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce Mix, Microgreens, Peppers (bell, padron, jalapeno, sweet yellow and lunchbox), Radishes (red, white, black, watermelon), Salad Mix, Spinach, Tomatoes (slicing, green, and salad), and Turnips,  …plus our Pepper Jelly and Salsa.

~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew

(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram.)

Certified Naturally Grown Farm in search of:
~ Used/Second-Hand piece of  Kitchen Countertop ~

Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Kale (or any green) and Roasted Vegetable Soup – (Use any green, not just kale, and you can use sweet potato instead of squash.)
Caesar Salad Dressing – the lettuce mix in the farm share this week is nice and crisp – perfect for caesar salad
Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry – calls for tomatoes
Oven Roasted Broccoli
Stir Fried Napa Cabbage with Mushrooms and Bacon
Napa Cabbage Salad with Apples and Buttermilk Dressing
plus Escarole recipes above

**

We continue at two farmers’ markets this Saturday: South of the James in Forest Hill Park, from 8am – 12pm, and the Brandermill Green Market in Market Square from 9am – 12pm. This is the last week of the season for the Brandermill market. We will miss our customers there! If you wish to order our vegetables in early 2015 before the Brandermill market opens in May, watch for 2015 Market Share sign up to be open via our website very soon.

2014 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Saturday at our farm, at the Brandermill Green Market , or at the South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park.sweet potato harvest

Farm Share & Mkt Share Ordering…10.22.2014

Baby info first, then veggies!
beckett zephyr
Beckett Zephyr  —  Born Thursday, Oct 16 at 3:55 am. 8 lbs 10 oz. (Beckett for the bees…Zephyr for the wind.) Beautifully healthy baby boy! Thank you for all of your kind words and gestures! He’ll be big and helping harvest spinach before we know it.

Farm Share CSA Members – this week’s share will likely consist of:
Lettuce Mix, Chinese (Napa) Cabbage (or Beets), Collards (or Kale), Garlic, Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, and Spinach!

Recipe Suggestions: (cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Kale (or any green) and Roasted Vegetable Soup – (Use any green, not just kale, and you can use sweet potato instead of squash.)
Caesar Salad Dressing – the lettuce mix in the farm share this week is nice and crisp – perfect for caesar salad
Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry – calls for tomatoes
Oven Roasted Broccoli
Stir Fried Napa Cabbage with Mushrooms and Bacon
Napa Cabbage Salad with Apples and Buttermilk Dressing
(This recipe list is largely inspired by the amazingly generous and delicious meals being brought to us during these hazy newborn days. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!)

Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering of the following harvest for pick up on Wednesday, Oct 22 (on farm, at Good Health Herbs, or at Central Montessori School in Church Hill):

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Asian Greens (Bok Choy, Tokyo Bekana, Asian Spinach), Chard, Chinese Cabbage (mini napa), Collards, Cucumbers, Escarole, Endive, Garlic, Hearty Mix, Juicing Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Peppers (padron, jalapeno, sweet yellow and lunchbox), Radish (black and watermelon), Salad Mix, Tomatoes (green),  …plus our Pepper Jelly and Salsa.    

** Remember our Farm Stand is open every day (as long as it’s not raining).

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, & the whole Broadfork Crew

**

Certified Naturally Grown Farm in search of:
~ Used/Second-Hand piece of  Kitchen Countertop ~

Baby Boy! …and Orders & Market for 10.18.2014

Baby Boy arrived at 3:55 this morning! 8 lbs 10 oz. All are well, at home, and quite tired.
baby boy 2014-10-16
Anyone can sign up to provide a meal for the family through this link. Thank you!

Online ordering is open. We will have order pick up in all the usual places this weekend, but we will not be able to set up our booth at Brandermill. (Orders for Brandermill will be picked up inside Good Health Herbs store, adjacent to the market parking lot. We will be at South of the James farmers’ market as usual. (Say hi to our wonderful staff! Dan and Janet will be at home with the baby.)

This Week’s Harvest:
Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Asian Greens (Bok Choy, Tokyo Bekana, Asian Spinach), Beets, Broccoli, Chard, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cucumbers, Escarole, Endive, Garlic, Green Beans, Hearty Mix, Juicing Greens, Kale, Lettuce Mix, Microgreens, Peppers (bell, padron, jalapeno, sweet yellow), Radishes, Salad Mix (including bulk special), Tomatoes (slicing and salad), and Turnips,  …plus our Pepper Jelly and Salsa.

~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew

(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram.)

Certified Naturally Grown Farm in search of:
~ Dorm-sized (miniature) fridge ~ Used/Second-Hand piece of  Kitchen Countertop ~

Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Stir Fried Bok Choy & Mizuna (our Hearty Mix has greens like this in it)
Pancetta, Mizuna, and Tomato Sandwich with Garlic Aioli (Use any of our greens for this. AND — use Arugula Pesto instead of the garlic Aioli.  And serve it – or anything else – with slices of Kohlrabi)
Simple way to enjoy our Hearty Mix, Arugula, Spinach, and/or Kale: This weekend we put 2 bags of these mixed cooking greens into a pot of stock with a cup of rice. Once rice is cooked, serve in bowls, topped with shreds of greyere cheese and salsa verde.
Mizuna (or any other greens!) Salad with Roasted Cauliflower
Mizuna and Arugula Salad with Feta & Champagne Vinaigrette
Garlic Chicken with Chard & Turnips

**

We will be at JUST ONE farmers’ markets this Saturday: South of the James in Forest Hill Park, from 8am – 12pm.

2014 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Saturday at our farm, at the Brandermill Green Market (orders will be inside Good Health Herbs store, adjacent to the market parking lot), or at the South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park.

Farm Share & Mkt Share Ordering…10.15.2014

(No baby yet…sometime this week would be wonderful…)

Farm Share CSA Members – this week’s share will likely consist of:
Salad Mix, Hearty Mix, Asian Spinach, Kale, Arugula, Sweet Peppers, a pair of Jalapenos, Tomatoes, Radish, Kohlrabi, and Turnips (sweet asian variety).
(Next week we get the first of new fall crops for you – broccoli, sweet potatoes, and winter squash!)

RAIN PLAN: For those Farm Share members that pick up here at the farm: We are packing all boxes Tuesday mid-day, due to the incredible forecast for rain on Wednesday. Thus, you can pick up a day earlier if you wish: starting at 2 pm on Tuesday your boxes will be in our walk-in. If you do pick up on Wednesday, wear your rain boots! (Pick up in Church Hill will be on Wednesday, as usual.)

Recipe Suggestions: (cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Stir Fried Bok Choy & Mizuna (our Hearty Mix has greens like this in it)
Pancetta, Mizuna, and Tomato Sandwich with Garlic Aioli (Use any of our greens for this. AND — use Arugula Pesto instead of the garlic Aioli.  And serve it – or anything else – with slices of Kohlrabi)
Simple way to enjoy our Hearty Mix, Arugula, Spinach, and/or Kale: This weekend we put 2 bags of these mixed cooking greens into a pot of stock with a cup of rice. Once rice is cooked, serve in bowls, topped with shreds of greyere cheese and salsa verde.
Mizuna (or any other greens!) Salad with Roasted Cauliflower
Mizuna and Arugula Salad with Feta & Champagne Vinaigrette
Garlic Chicken with Chard & Turnips

Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering of the following harvest for pick up on Wednesday, Oct 15 (on farm, at Good Health Herbs, or at Central Montessori School in Church Hill):
**Online Ordering will close at 8 am on Tuesday so we can pick and pack a day early, due to the rain forecast. Pick up orders Wednesday afternoon at Good Health Herbs as usual. 

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Asian Greens (Bok Choy, Tokyo Bekana, Asian Spinach), Beets, Chard, Collards, Escarole, Endive, Garlic, Hearty Mix, Juicing Greens, Kale, Lettuce Mix, Microgreens, Peppers (padron, jalapeno), Radish, Salad Mix, Scallions, and Turnips,  …plus our Pepper Jelly and Salsa.    

** Remember our Farm Stand is open every day (as long as it’s not raining).

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, & the whole Broadfork Crew

**

Certified Naturally Grown Farm in search of:
~ Small Microwave ~ Dorm-sized (miniature) fridge ~ Used/Second-Hand piece of  Kitchen Countertop ~

How to Eat Lots of Greens…for 10.11.2014

No baby yet…but labor-inducing thoughts are now most welcome.
tomatoes october
Someone told us at market last weekend that our seconds of tomatoes were better than anyone else’s first quality tomatoes. Oh shucks folks…you make us blush. But keep it coming. We love to hear it.
lettuce leaf mandala
Tomatoes are slowing down, though. (It is October, after all.) Now is the time of year for our greens to steal the show, and they are stupendous. We have large leaf, small leaf, micro, bagged, bunched, salad, and cooking greens. Have we mentioned that we love greens?
microgreens sign
We amend our soil with a whole host of minerals (nutrients) to make our greens most nutritious for you. (If you have attended one of our tours of the farm, you have heard us preach that if the nutrients aren’t in the plants they can’t get in your body. And if they aren’t in the soil, they can’t get in the plants.)
077
We focus on greens because they are such an excellent and versatile foundation for a healthy diet. They grow most of the year here in Virginia and are easy to work into every meal. Saute some up with protein for breakfast. Have a huge salad with toppings of your choice for lunch. Cover your dinner plate with a salad for supper –and we really mean cover your plate! 100% of the circle. Then add the protein, carbs, and fat. Yum. tomato pepper lettuce garlic farm stand
Give it a try. Tis the season.
073 Some of you amazing customers and community members have asked us what sort of help we might need during the time after this baby arrives. Thus, we will shamelessly share this link for signing up to prepare meals to feed our family in the hazy postpartum days/daze. If you are motivated, willing, and able, we will gratefully accept this help. Meals can always be dropped off at our market booth or at our farm stand/walk in cooler. Thank you!079

This Week’s Harvest:
Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Asian Greens (Bok Choy, Tokyo Bekana, Asian Spinach), Beets, Chard, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Escarole, Endive, Garlic, Green Beans, Hearty Mix, Kale, Lettuce (heads and mix), Microgreens, Peppers (bell, padron, jalapeno, sweet yellow), Radishes, Salad Mix, Scallions, Squash, Tomatoes (including bulk special pricing), and Turnips,  …plus our Pepper Jelly and Salsa.

~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew

(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram.)

Certified Naturally Grown Farm in search of:
~ Dorm-sized (miniature) fridge ~ Used/Second-Hand piece of  Kitchen Countertop ~

Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Quick White Bean Stew with Chard & Tomatoes  (sub kale for chard if you wish)
Roasted Radishes
Taco Salad (we love our crunchy Lettuce Mix with Taco Salad)
Arugula Salad with Pear & Goat Cheese
Warm Lentil Salad with Sausage and Apple (we suggest using our Hearty Mix here – or Asian Spinach)
Warm Quinoa, Shiitake, & Spinach Salad (use our Asian Spinach here)

**

We continue at two farmers’ markets this Saturday: South of the James in Forest Hill Park, from 8am – 12pm, and the Brandermill Green Market in Market Square from 9am – 12pm. (Unless we have a baby on Friday. Then, sadly, we won’t have staff available to set up a booth at Brandermill.)

2014 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Saturday at our farm, at the Brandermill Green Market , or at the South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park.
075

Farm Share & Mkt Share Ordering…10.08.2014

(No baby yet…just a late CSA email…)

Farm Share CSA Members – this week’s share will likely consist of:
Salad Mix, Lettuce Mix, Hearty Mix, Kale or Chard, Asian Spinach, Arugula, Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, and Radishes.

Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Quick White Bean Stew with Chard & Tomatoes  (sub kale for chard if you wish)
Roasted Radishes
Taco Salad (we love our crunchy Lettuce Mix with Taco Salad)
Arugula Salad with Pear & Goat Cheese
Warm Lentil Salad with Sausage and Apple (we suggest using our Hearty Mix here – or Asian Spinach)
Warm Quinoa, Shiitake, & Spinach Salad (use our Asian Spinach here)

Market Share CSA Members:
 Choose your selection through our Online Ordering of the following harvest for pick up on Wednesday, Oct 8 (on farm, at Good Health Herbs, or at Central Montessori School in Church Hill):

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Asian Greens (Bok Choy, Tokyo Bekana, Asian Spinach), Chard, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Hearty Mix, Kale, Kohlrabi, Microgreens, Okra, Peppers (padron, jalapeno), Salad Mix, Squash, Tomatoes (including bulk price on seconds), and Turnips,  …plus our Pepper Jelly and Salsa.    

** Remember our Farm Stand is open every day (as long as it’s not raining).

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, & the whole Broadfork Crew

**

Certified Naturally Grown Farm in search of:
~ Small Microwave ~ Dorm-sized (miniature) fridge ~ Used/Second-Hand piece of  Kitchen Countertop ~

The People in the Pictures…Preparing for Birth…mkts 10.4.2014

The photos in our little farm record here are dominated by the plants we grow. We know that it’s your food that you are most interested in. Of course! But today we are going to focus a bit more on the people that are responsible for growing the food…and usually aren’t featured in the pictures.
janet dan market booth
This focus is timely, because we are all now officially in baby-waiting mode. Our newest little one could join us any day – most likely in another week or so. We have been working all season to make sure that business can continue as close to usual as possible after the birth of the baby, but in case there are a few differences, this is your heads up. (Though – that is a saying we don’t encourage around here these days. Get it?)
DSC_0071Once this baby joins us, we will most likely have to skip a Monday email to CSA members, and thus skip a Market Share delivery on a Wednesday or two to Good Health Herbs. (Farm Share CSA members’ shares will for sure continue as usual for pick up on Wednesdays at the farm or in Church Hill.)
DSC_0067
We might even miss a Thursday email, and thus miss Market Share ordering for one Saturday. We don’t think this will happen, but it’s possible.
DSC_0068
We also have to put bread baking and ordering on hiatus for a bit. Thanks for understanding. Once Janet is back up on her feet and the baby is settled into life on the outside, we will resume. (And trust us – we are excited for the barn and the kitchen it will house to be completed so we can finally scale up our bread baking!)
DSC_0070
Finally, if Dan is needed with the family on the remaining Saturdays in October, we may have to stop setting up our market booth at the Brandermill Green Market due to the shortage in available market staff. We will, however, still deliver orders to Market Square on Saturdays (picked up in Good Health Herbs, adjacent to the Brandermill Green Market parking lot).
best tasting tomatoes
Thanks in advance for being flexible as we continue to provide our wonderful Certified Naturally Grown produce to this community while also managing the balance between running a small business and caring for our family.
DSC_0069
This Week’s Harvest:
Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Asian Greens (Bok Choy, Tokyo Bekana, Yukina Savoy), Beets, Chard, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Escarole, Garlic, Green Beans, Hearty Mix, Kale, Lettuce, Microgreens,     Peppers (bell, padron, jalapeno, sweet yellow and red), Radishes, Salad Mix, Scallions, Squash, Tomatoes (including bulk special pricing), and Turnips,  …plus our Pepper Jelly and Salsa.

~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew

(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram.)

Certified Naturally Grown Farm in search of:
~ Dorm-sized (miniature) fridge ~ Used/Second-Hand piece of  Kitchen Countertop ~

Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Portugese Kale Soup (an excellent way to enjoy our turnips, but you can also simply and deliciously roast them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and salt) Great also to add our Hearty Mix to this (or any) soup. 
Tomato Salad with Kalamata Olives and Feta Cheese (great without the cucumber it calls for, and any if our sweet peppers work well in this)
Salad with Apples and Pecans (this is great with our Salad Mix, our Hearty Mix, or acombination of the two)
Apple, Pecan, and Blue Cheese Salad
Escarole Soup with White Bean and Garlic (we love Escarole – especially in soup!)
vabf bonfire
We continue at two farmers’ markets this Saturday: South of the James in Forest Hill Park, from 8am – 12pm, and the Brandermill Green Market in Market Square from 9am – 12pm.

2014 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Saturday at our farm, at the Brandermill Green Market , or at the South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park.